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Chamber to praise music, chocolate and mayor

Civic leadership, gourmet chocolate, and music will be celebrated in the British Isles setting of Tommy Nevin’s Pub on Wednesday, May 13, when the Evanston Chamber of Commerce hosts its 89th Annual Meeting and Gala.

Lorraine Morton, who will have just completed her fourth term as Mayor of Evanston, will be presented with the chamber’s annual Community Leadership Award; Robert and Fred Piron, owners of Belgian Chocolatier Piron will receive the Small Businesspersons of the Year Award; and Bridget McDonough, founder and general manager, Light Opera Works, will accept the North Shore University Health Systems Public Service/Nonprofit Person of the Year Award.

As a lifelong educator, administrator, and elected official, Morton has shown by example that education is the essential foundation for achieving personal and business goals and for contributing to the betterment of society.

These values have made a positive impact not just on children but on all those Morton has met and worked with. Morton has been a leading champion for improving the Evanston business climate and encouraging development. She has also understood that for Evanston to advance and succeed that it needs both to have a high quality of residential life and a business sector that produces jobs and creates wealth.

The brothers Piron represent the qualities of creative entrepreneurship, professionalism, and they have given tremendous energy and leadership to the community. In their business, Belgian Chocolatier Piron, Bob and Fred have shown how to excel in a very competitive environment, which has resulted in growth and expansion.

Beyond the workplace, Belgian Chocolatier Piron is extraordinarily active in civic activities, particularly the Main Street Merchants Association and The Evanston Chamber. As a leader in this important neighborhood business district they have demonstrated the advantages of working together with fellow businesses, whether it is in marketing activities or the regulatory arena.

Bridget McDonough is a story worth singing about; coming to Evanston to study musical theatre at Northwestern University and emerging with an idea and love of theatre to start Light Opera Works.

Under McDonough’s skillful and creative leadership, Light Opera Works has grown to become a major force in the regional arts scene and is now known throughout the area for its beautiful and colorful productions, innovative staging, and both vocal and orchestral excellence. The Evanston chamber and many others have also been inspired by her work and by her interest in assisting the advancement of Evanston’s arts scene.

The chamber’s 89th Annual Meeting and Gala will offer guests the opportunity to imagine a leap across the Pond for an evening jubilee of supper and authentic choice beverages.

Guests can join their fellow chaps in Evanstonshire at Tommy Nevin’s Pub. Irish and Scottish Whisky tastings, darts, golf putting, dancers, bagpipers, and of course, great music, are just some of the unique and creative ways to enjoy the evening.

Over the last several years, the Evanston chamber has become known for creating imaginary settings for its Annual Meeting and Gala which allow guests to escape as they step into locations such as Parisian bistros, early 20th Century train stations, vineyards, and a James Bond film sets. The Annual Meeting and Gala is widely considered to be Evanston’s #1 networking event of the year.

Tickets for 89th Annual Meeting and Gala are on sale now and can be obtained by calling chamber at 847-328-1500, x3 or by reserving online.

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